Alexis Early is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Trade Group, where she helps devise regulatory and policy solutions for clients. Ms. Early counsels companies, financial institutions, and individuals on economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, and CFIUS national security reviews of foreign investments. She represents clients in compliance and enforcement proceedings before the Treasury Department, State Department, Commerce Department, and Department of Homeland Security, and advocates for them on Capitol Hill.
Ms. Early counsels clients in the financial services and insurance, energy, aerospace and defense, IT/telecom, emerging technology, food and agriculture, shipping and logistics, and education/humanitarian sectors.
Ms. Early frequently conducts due diligence for M&A transactions and advises parties on whether to make CFIUS filings, how to navigate the CFIUS review process, and how to implement CFIUS mitigation. Often in parallel, she advises clients with classified operations on foreign ownership, control, and influence mitigation. She regularly counsels clients on licensing and compliance with the EAR, the ITAR, and OFAC sanctions regulations, including creating compliance programs and conducting trainings. Ms. Early also conducts internal investigations and assists clients in submitting disclosures of regulatory violations.
Ms. Early has advised foreign embassies, state-owned enterprises, and foreign sovereigns on their engagement with Capitol Hill and the federal government, and she counseled a pro-democracy opposition party in the Caucasus through its ultimately successful election campaigns. She has implemented strategic advocacy campaigns related to economic sanctions, international trade and multilateral trade agreements, defense cooperation, energy security, foreign assistance, and immigration policy.
In law school, Ms. Early was the founding editor-in-chief of the American University Business Law Review, the first comprehensive business law journal in Washington, DC. Twice selected as a Dean’s Fellow, she researched “forgotten constitutions” in American history and analyzed the effect of local administrative codes on LGBTQ families in Latin America. Prior to law school, she monitored multiple elections in Central America.